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Newbie.. extreme fatigue, lethargy and difficulty concentrating

Asked on February 29, 2016
Created July 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM

I'm 3 days into paleo and have been extremely tired with absolutely no energy! I've only been walking because I have no energy to do anything more like run, etc. Also, it has been very difficult for me to focus at work and be alert. It's like I'm living in a weird fog!

About me: 22 year old female, 5'6, 135, recovered from anorexia. I've eaten healthy the past few months as I've been in recovery but always relied a lot on grains like oatmeal and toast.

What my current day looks like

breakfast: 2 eggs, some potatoes, grapes

lunch: can of tuna, celery, banana, sometimes a little bit of avocado

snack: either a spoonful of almond butter or a small pack of almonds

dinner: 1 chicken thigh with sauteed spinach and squash in olive oil, pineapple

"dessert": orange, 2 pieces of baker's 100% chocolate

Why do I feel so crappy???

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on July 17, 2014
at 08:03 PM

Yeah, not drinking those sodas and munching on those pizzas nearly "destroyed your life"...right. Hypoglycemia and insulin resistance together?? Really? Do you realize how stupid that statement is? Insulin resistant = cells don't listen to insulin, refuse to absorb glucose. Hypoglycemic = cells listen to insulin and take in too much glucose, leaving very little in the bloodstream.

You do sound like you have a cognitive deficiency (low IQ).....but that's just you, don't blame LC.

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on July 19, 2014
at 10:54 PM

It's only Day 3, hang in there! I had terrible withdrawal symptoms after excluding gluten and refined sugars that lasted over 10 days and included: extreme lethargy, muscle aches, headache (5 days straight), brain fog.

When I "came out of it", it was like experiencing a whole new me: calm, steady energy, focused. That's when I realized just how much SAD eating had really been robbing me of good health.

The Whole30 timeline was helpful to see what other people new to paleo eating were also experiencing. Give your body time to adjust, and stay with it, your health will thank you.

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on July 19, 2014
at 07:16 AM

3 servings of fruit per day is still more than a lot of paleo dieters.

Most likely, you won't stop feeling at least a little blah for a week or two. That's just what happens when your body spends a lifetime eating starches, and then you cut them out. It needs to switch gears.

One way to keep energy up would be bulletproof coffee, or adding coconut oil or MCT oil to your diet. Because they're more easily absorbed, these oils can give you a burst of energy that other fats can't. Go easy on them - too much can cause nausea and booty problems!

Alternatively, you can try recipes like thai soups and curries that use coconut cream as a base. Same benefit, more delicious.

Last thing to keep in mind - this fatigue is a transitional thing! It won't last forever, and you'll feel like a glorious beast once you're on the other side and your body has adapted. Stick it out! Feel better!

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on July 18, 2014
at 03:28 PM

If I were you I would add more veggies and healthy raw fats to every meal and cut way down on the fruit. That much fruit in one day would make me tired, irritable, and fungus-y after just one day. Ditch the tuna (mercury) and replace with sardines in e.v.o.o. and eat all the oil. It's good mashed up like tuna salad with veggies and lemon juice or a.c. vinegar. You also may want to see a naturopathic physician or functional medicine practitioner to help you figure out if your adrenals need more help than food can give. Another thought: chocolate at night may be keeping you from sleeping well.

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on July 17, 2014
at 11:11 PM

plug all your food/liquids in to cronometer.com & work out what your diet is lacking...micro & macro nutrients...

its hard to tell from the info, but all your meals kinda look like snacks to me, so you could be under-eating.

also, i see no red meat, so you may not be getting enough iron (shell fish ie. clams and oysters are quite high in iron as well. Oysters are also high in B12, zinc, copper, selenium).

as i say, use cronometer to get a better idea, but both under-eating &/or a lack of iron will cause your symptoms.

(good luck & keep us posted)

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on July 17, 2014
at 10:28 PM

I would say you may need to start using a bit more carbs in your diet and as mentioned in a previous comment to tweak your diet further with sugars and starches to help increase energy levels. Also consider looking into various nootropics for any brain fog or mental sluggishness. I know that sulbutiamine (an derivative of thiamine with greater bioavailability) could be potentially useful in regards to any sluggishness or chronic fatigue you are experiecing. You can read more about Sulbutiamine here. Hope this helps, cheers!

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Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on July 17, 2014
at 08:08 PM

You're eating a ton of carbs, quite often throughout the day, if I ate like that I would be in a continuous food coma. Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner + Snacks + Dessert? Damn, you beat that anorexia alright....you beat it until it dropped dead.

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on July 17, 2014
at 02:14 PM

So did the diet change induce the fatigue? How did you feel prior to the diet?

If lowering your carbohydrate intake induced the sluggishness, then I strongly suggest, to avoid jeopardising your health, to increase your carbohydrate intake and lower fat IMMEDIATELY. You're tampering with your body's ability to regulate insulin, glucose etc.

I bought into low carb dogma, and invested a lot of time and effort tweaking my diet. A short ketosis and low carb stint of three months destroyed my health - and my life. Sixteen months later, I am still suffering with severe hypoglycaemia, insulin resistance and moderate cognitive deficiency. I am only 23. All induced by a low carb diet.

Considering a high carb Paleo diet would be a good start. Tweak a little, increase sugar one week, and increase starch the next. You can also consume a good, palatable combination of both. Make sure all your fat sources are from saturated fats. And don't restrict calories.

Be157308a0438e382b88d9db4c12ab30

on July 17, 2014
at 08:03 PM

Yeah, not drinking those sodas and munching on those pizzas nearly "destroyed your life"...right. Hypoglycemia and insulin resistance together?? Really? Do you realize how stupid that statement is? Insulin resistant = cells don't listen to insulin, refuse to absorb glucose. Hypoglycemic = cells listen to insulin and take in too much glucose, leaving very little in the bloodstream.

You do sound like you have a cognitive deficiency (low IQ).....but that's just you, don't blame LC.

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